Financing Archive

Half of Foreign Buyers Paid in Cash in April 2015—March 2016

Fifty percent of reported foreign buyers of U.S. residential property transactions were all-cash sales, according to NAR’s recently released 2016 Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate.   Non-resident foreign buyers tend to purchase in cash while...

Repeal of IRC Section 1031 Would Cause Decrease in Real Estate Values

This blog post was written by George Ratiu, Director of Quantitative & Commercial Research and Erin Fitzpatrick, Research Intern. Real estate is an integral part of economic activity, with transactions providing avenues for exchange, development, and growth opportunities. Within this framework, like-kind...

Return Buyers Prefer Safe, Affordable Financing

The share of homes purchased by return buyers or “boomerang” buyers, those who formerly short sold a home or were foreclosed on, increased significantly in recent years.  NAR Research estimates that 8% or nearly 350,000 home sales were to...

Regional and Community Banks Are Top CRE Lenders in REALTOR® Markets

During 2014, commercial real estate capital availability continued growing, building on the tail winds from 2013. Major capital providers found new energy in revitalized commercial markets and competed for deals, leading to steep acceleration in prices for some property...

FHA Lowers Pricing to Reflect Less Risk

The FHA announced important changes to the pricing of its mortgage insurance today. This change will help to shore up the long-term solvency of its mortgage insurance fund, improve affordability and sustainability for most borrowers, and price in a...